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Comparative Constitutional Studies

Between Magic and Deceit

Günter Frankenberg

Comparative Constitutional Studies takes a rich area of research and teaching and makes it attractive for the classroom setting and beyond. Every constitution has an interesting story to tell, and for this book Günter Frankenberg has selected vibrant examples that encourage readers to practice realism, demonstrate critical spirit and examine the dark side of framers’ reports and normative theories.
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Between Magic and Deceit

Günter Frankenberg


should be read as a prologue, just as this textbook should be read as a workbook. And constitutions should not be worshipped as documents containing magical energies but texts with the force of law commanding close reading and critique to bring to the fore their ideas, ideals and ideologies.

1   Council of the European Union ‘Countering Hybrid Threats’ – European External Action Service 15/05/2015.

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